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Energy Savings for a Healthier Earth

Sometimes we’re all guilty of leaving lights on, blasting heat, running water excessively and spending countless hours in front of the TV watching our favorite programs.

As our children grow, it is important to teach them to conserve resources to keep our earth healthy for generations to come.

Instead of reprimanding our children for not turning off the lights and the television, we should reward them when they do turn off electrical devices that are not being used. Explain to your child that if he turns off the lights every time he leaves a room, he will receive a reward. For example, he may choose his favorite meal for Friday night dinner, or he can pick a movie for the whole family to enjoy.

In some locations, the outside temperature can drop below freezing in the winter. Be sure to turn the heat down when leaving your house and turn it up when you return home. However, if you turn the heat off completely and then turn it on when you return home, sometimes you may waste more energy than by simply turning it down when you leave the house. You should check with your local energy supplier for best practices for your home.

Encourage everyone in your family to fill his free time with activities other than television. Save energy by reading a book, playing a board game or getting crafty.

What are some ways your family works to save energy?

Five Swaps for Single-Use Plastics at School

During Root for Earth, which runs from April 1 to April 22 this year, we are focusing on how to reduce the consumption of single-use plastics. Here are five swaps you can make at school to help keep our planet clean.

  1. Reusable water bottles – Whether you prefer a BPA-free hard plastic bottle or a metal one, drinking from reusable water bottles is a great way to cut back on the consumption of single-use plastic bottles, which is also a handy way to save money. Plus, your child can decorate his bottle to make it his own!
  2. Lunch boxes or insulated bags – Instead of filling a plastic or paper bag with foods in zip-top plastic baggies, give your child a reusable lunch box, which will save you money in the long run. You can put each food item, such as carrots or apple slices, into individual reusable containers and pack those containers in the reusable lunch box. You could also pack a bento box, which is a creative, fun way to keep foods separated. Bento boxes are perfect for picky eaters who don’t like their foods to touch.
  3. Reusable eating utensils – Pack reusable metal or plastic utensils in your child’s lunch box or insulated bag. You can also buy reusable sporks, which are two utensils in one.
  4. Reusable baby-wipe cases – Baby wipes often come packaged in disposable plastic baby-wipe cases. Reusing these baby-wipe cases can help cut back on the amount of plastic you use. Just buy baby wipes in bulk, and refill your case when it’s empty.
  5. Reusable wet bags for soiled clothes – Accidents happen. When they do, the soiled clothes are usually put in a plastic bag. This is a good way to repurpose plastic bags, but using a reusable wet bag is a more eco-friendly solution. As a bonus, wet bags come in different designs and colors.

Five Ways to Cut Down on Single-Use Plastics at Home

During Root for Earth, which runs from April 1 to April 22 this year, we are focusing on how to reduce the consumption of single-use plastics. Here are five ways to use fewer unnecessary plastics.

  1. Scream for ice cream…cones. If you go out to get ice cream with your child, ask for that single scoop in a cone instead of a plastic dish. It will be delicious and eco-friendly.
  2. Bulk up. When you’re shopping for toilet paper, diapers or other plastic-wrapped items, buying in bulk instead of in smaller quantities means you won’t be disposing of plastic as often. Buying in bulk also means taking fewer trips to the grocery store, which saves gas, money and time.
  3. Filter out the plastic by filtering your water. Use a refillable pitcher with a water filter and reusable water bottles instead of buying bottled water. You will use less plastic and save money. There’s also the added benefit of always having cold, filtered water on hand.
  4. Shop ‘til you drop…with reusable shopping bags. The average American family takes home about 1,500 plastic shopping bags a year (National Resources Defense Council, 2008). If you could stack them all up length-wise, they would be as tall as a 254-story skyscraper, which is 94 stories taller than the tallest building in the world! You can reduce the number of plastic bags you bring home by investing in reusable shopping bags, which are usually bigger and more durable. Many stores offer a discount if you bring your own reusable bags.
  5. Say no to plastic coffee cup lids, and say yes to saving moolah on java. Some coffee shops offer discounts on coffee when you bring your own reusable mug. You can save money on coffee while helping save the environment. It’s win-win!

 

 

References

 

Natural Resources Defense Council. (2008). NRDC lauds passage of New York City Council legislation requiring groceries, retailers to provide plastic bag recycling for consumers. Retrieved from https://www.nrdc.org/media/2008/080109

GODDARD SCHOOL PRESCHOOLERS PLANT SEEDS OF CHANGE FOR A HEALTHIER EARTH

Root for Earth Event Saves More Than 3.6 Million Watts of Energy and Emphasizes the Importance of Environmental Responsibility

In an age of recycling, farm-to-table initiatives and hybrid vehicles, environmental conservation is more important than ever. For the eighth year in a row, pint-sized eco-crusaders are getting in on the fun during The Goddard School’s weeklong Root for Earth event.

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Seven years ago, The Goddard School®, the nation’s best-in-class preschool franchise system focusing on learning through play for children from six weeks to six years old, began dedicating an entire week to an environmental stewardship campaign to educate children, families and community members on how they can conserve energy, cut back on waste and preserve natural resources.

Now, more than 480 Goddard School preschools across the country are gearing up for the eighth consecutive year of Root for Earth, a week-long environmental campaign where children plant, build with recycle materials and learn how to incorporate conservation into their everyday routines.

During Root for Earth, preschoolers from The Goddard School will participate in a range of engaging activities including planting gardens, hosting recycled fashion shows, building robots from recycled materials and other eco-friendly projects inspired by STEAM subjects (science, technology, engineering, art and math). Their creations will be shared on The Goddard School’s national Facebook page where the public will be given a chance to vote for their favorite project from May 14 through May 18. Winners will be announced on May 21.

In addition to the wide array of eco-friendly fun, students will participate in a signature Root for Earth campaign on Friday, April 20, called “Lights Out!” Every Goddard School across the country will shut off all non-essential lighting for one hour beginning at 10 AM local time, which could save more than 3.4 million watts of energy. This initiative has helped save up to 21.8 million watts of energy since 2011.

“During our Root for Earth campaign, children engage in fun, hands-on activities that promote the importance of how our planet works and how to care for it properly,” said Dr. Craig Bach, vice president of Education at Goddard Systems, Inc., the franchisor of The Goddard School.  “When children participate in playful learning activities that focus on environmental preservation, they develop valuable communication, collaboration and critical thinking skills while discovering creative solutions to help preserve natural resources and protect our planet.”

 

2017 Upcycling Challenge!

Congratulations to our 2017 Upcycling Challenge winner – Ashland, VA! The School won with 1,603 votes for their mural of The Goddard School logo using packing peanuts and recycled water bottles.

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White Marsh, MD came in second with 1,551 votes for their mural made of recycled materials.

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Village of Shiloh, IL came in third with 574 votes for their rain barrel and sensory garden. Way to go!

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Thank you to our Goddard School community for participating, voting and sharing!

THE GODDARD SCHOOL CELEBRATES ITS SEVENTH ANNUAL NATIONWIDE ROOT FOR EARTH CAMPAIGN

Its Signature Lights Out! Initiative Will Save More Than 3.4 Million Watts of Energy

The Goddard School®, the nation’s premier preschool franchise system focusing on learning through play for children from six weeks to six years old, announces the seventh annual Root for Earth campaign. More than 460 Goddard Schools participate in the weeklong Root for Earth celebration, which encourages families, children and communities to celebrate our planet and learn the importance of environmentally sustainable practices.

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From April 17 through April 21, the Root for Earth campaign will engage preschoolers at The Goddard School in a variety of eco-friendly hands-on projects, such as building robots from recyclable materials, planting gardens, hosting fashion shows of outfits made from reused materials and participating in other activities inspired by STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) that foster creativity and imagination. Additionally, each School will participate in an Upcycling Challenge, where the children turn discarded materials into new creations. Their upcycled projects will be shared on The Goddard School’s national Facebook page, where members of the public can vote for their favorite project from Monday, May 8, to Friday, May 12. Winners will be announced on Monday, May 15.

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On Friday, April 21, the day before Earth Day, all 462 Goddard School preschools will participate in Root for Earth’s signature Lights Out! initiative. The preschools will turn off all non-essential lighting for an hour beginning at 10 AM local time, which could save more than 3.4 million watts of energy.

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The Goddard School’s yearly Root for Earth campaign cultivates environmental stewardship in children and provides them with the tools needed to become advocates for our planet,” said Dr. Craig Bach, Vice President of Education at Goddard Systems, Inc., the franchisor of The Goddard School. “The activities not only instill a sense of environmental responsibility in the students, but also help to build an understanding of how our planet works and how to care for it properly.”

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The Goddard School preschool’s play-based curriculum includes environmentally focused lessons that encourage children to explore the world around them, apply their knowledge at home and make sustainable choices that will benefit the ecosystem.

For more information on The Goddard School and the Root for Earth campaign, visit www.goddardschool.com/rootforearth.

Easy Ways to be an Eco-Friendly Family and Teach Children the Importance of Going Green

Bring your family together through environmentally friendly activities. Children (and many adults, too!) tend to think new is better. Springtime and Earth Day remind us to teach our children to reduce, reuse and recycle.

Reduce. Save our planet by saving water. Children enjoy playing in water, especially in the bathtub. At the appropriate age, teach your children to switch to showers in order to conserve water. Explain that grown-ups take showers instead of baths. Children may be more likely to want to be like their adult role models and willingly switch to showers. Since it is easy to lose track of time, you can set timers for your children when they are in the shower to let them know when it is time to get out.

Saving energy is important, and it can be a great reason to optimize family time. Instead of watching TV and playing video games, have a weekly game night with cards, board games and more. This will reduce the amount of electricity your family uses, and it can be an incredibly fun way to build memories together.

Reuse. To show your children that used items can be just as good as new items, consider bringing your children to a consignment shop and letting them pick out something they like. Additionally, you can encourage your children to donate a few items that they no longer use, such as toys and clothing, to charities. This shows children the importance of reusing resources and how it can influence others in their community.

Recycle. It is important to get children involved in recycling, both for the children and for the environment. Consider establishing a competition between family members. First, educate your children about which items can be recycled and which items are trash. Next, provide separate bins for recycled products for each family member. At the end of the week, the family member with the most recycled items wins a prize. Children will feel proud of doing a good job with recycling, which will encourage them to continue. To make the competition more advanced, consider disqualifying one recycled item each time a family member fails to turn off an unnecessary light.

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Go green through community service. Cleaning up local streets and parks helps children learn how to take care of the environment and how to work with others. Saving the planet takes teamwork, which is another important concept for children to learn. Participating in community service allows children to have fun interacting with others, which is better than staying cooped up inside with their video games.

Encouraging your children to become more eco-friendly creates a healthier and happier household. Introducing these tips at a young age will inspire them to continue making positive differences in their environment in the future.

Five Ways to Encourage Environmental Responsibility

Conserving the environment is a priority, and helping to foster an eco-friendly mindset in children is more important than ever. Here are five ways to encourage environmental responsibility.

  1. Teach your children to garden. Gardening is an excellent way to teach your twenty20_89c7a32e-5c1e-4530-983f-92f78ca380a3child some basics of biology, such as how the sun helps plants grow, how plants produce oxygen through photosynthesis and how vegetation contributes to a healthy environment.
  2. Enjoy some fun outdoor activities. Creating a wildflower scrapbook or going on an outdoor scavenger hunt may help your child appreciate all the beauty, wonder and fun the environment has to offer.
  3. Go for a hike. Whether you walk through the woods or just around a local park, hiking lets children experience the environment while getting some exercise. The internet can be a terrific resource for finding hiking trails close to home.
  4. Start at home. Recycling and conserving electricity and water at home with your child can go a long way toward preserving the environment. You can even make a game of counting how many different items you can recycle every week.
  5. Make something new with something old. Cardboard tubes, empty milk jugs and many other items can be given new life with a little creativity. Let your imaginations run wild and create something fun!

THE GODDARD SCHOOL HOSTS ANNUAL “ROOT FOR EARTH” CAMPAIGN TO PROMOTE ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS NATIONWIDE

Preschoolers Unite To Help Encourage A Happier, Healthier Earth

KING OF PRUSSIA, PA – April 20, 2015The Goddard School®, the premier preschool focusing on learning through play for children from six weeks to six years old, announces their 5th annual Root for Earth campaign. Taking place in more than 400 Goddard School preschools across the nation, Root for Earth aims to teach children and families about the importance of eco-conscious stewardship as well as raise environmental awareness in their communities.

The Goddard School children will participate in hands-on learning activities including building Children%20Running_jpgcommunity gardens, recycled fashion runways and more. Each year, the schools participate in an Upcycling Challenge which fosters creativity and imagination by engaging children to create new projects out of unwanted materials. Photos of the “green” creations will be shared on The Goddard School National Facebook Page where the public can vote for their favorite project until Friday, April 24. Winners will be announced on Monday, April 27. As a symbol of unity and environmental awareness, the week-long campaign from Monday, April 20 through Friday, April 24 will include the “Lights Out!” initiative. Each school across the nation will shut off all non-essential lighting for an hour beginning at 10 a.m. local time on Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22.

“Early environmental education helps shape children’s values, perspectives and understanding of the planet and how to interact with it. At The Goddard School, we teach children about how to play a critical role in protecting and preserving what the Earth has given us.” said Dr. Craig Bach, Vice President of Education at Goddard Systems, Inc. “Root for Earth acts as catalyst for our children to put forth an active effort and blossom into eco-conscious stewards.”

“The benefits of gardening are endless for young children. The opportunity to develop 21st century skills, like critical thinking and creativity, are presented when kids work toward a goal, such as weeding and watering before the harvest, or writing stories about their garden,” says Dave Snyder, manager of facilities and playgrounds at Goddard Systems, Inc., franchisor of The Goddard School. “Children learn cognitive skills including mathematics and science by documenting and measuring the growth of plants, and they can exercise their fine and gross motor skills through use of simple gardening tools. Though gardens are minimal in cost to create, they offer a wealth of developmental opportunities.”

At The Goddard School, environmental responsibility does not begin and end with the Root for Earth campaign. The Goddard School curriculum includes year-round eco-friendly and nature focused activities that aid children in exploring and fostering their curiosity for the world around them.

For more information on The Goddard School and the Root for Earth campaign, visit www.goddardschool.com.

In the Spotlight: The Goddard School located in Voorhees, NJ

Voorhees, NJOn April 25, we counted the votes and declared The Goddard School located in Voorhees, NJ the winner of the 2014 Upcycling Challenge!

The competition, part of The Goddard School’s national Root for Earth campaign, encouraged children, faculty and families in Goddard Schools across the country to use their imaginations to create a scene or object using recyclable materials.

The Goddard School located in Voorhees’s project depicted a scene from Dr. Seuss’s book The Lorax, including “Truffula” trees made from cereal boxes and tissue paper and “Humming-Fish” made from plastic bottles.

After reading several of Dr. Seuss’s works during the School’s Dr. Seuss Week in March, the children decided that The Lorax, a fable about the importance of preserving the environment, would make the perfect theme.

Once they had their idea, School owner Tracy Sortino emailed the parents to ask them to donate their recyclables. Over the course of three weeks, the parents donated so many recyclables that the School had to recycle the leftovers.

Children worked on the project in the School’s pre-k classroom and displayed the finished product there. The children worked so enthusiastically that it only took them a week to finish it.

Photos of the completed project were posted to Facebook.

Then the voting began.

“Kids would say, ‘Mom, go on Facebook and vote,’” Sortino said, laughing. “Everybody was so into it, and that’s exciting.”

The parents were eager to see the School win the competition, and their support helped the School earn a grand total of 675 votes. The School also racked up around 250 shares on Facebook.

Sortino added that the parents’ enthusiasm helped to further foster a sense of unity. “They [parents] got to see a different side of us,” she said. “I think that really helped to build camaraderie.”

The competition helped the children learn about preserving the environment as well as the importance of teamwork, Sortino explained. The children also learned about energy conversation during The Goddard School’s national Lights Out! hour, another Root for Earth initiative. Goddard Schools across the nation turned off all non-essential lighting for one hour from 10 to 11 AM on Earth Day.

When The Goddard School located in Voorhees was notified on May 2 about its win, the children, teachers and parents were all excited and overjoyed by the news. Most importantly, the School continues to recycle and even recycled the project after it was taken down.

The Lorax would be proud.